Executive producer and showrunner Chris Mundy is leaving the Criminal Minds spin-off and will be replaced by Edward Allen Bernero, who runs the original series, a source tells TVGuide.com.
Bernero will continue to serve as executive producer and showrunner on the mothership while attempting to get Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior off the ground midseason.
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Bernero was brought in because ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, which produce both shows, felt the 13-episode off-shoot needed more direction from him, according to Variety
. Bernero, whose credits include Third Watch
, took over as showrunner of the original when creator Jeff Davis
left after the first season, and steered the procedural into a reliable and solid hit for CBS.
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Mundy, who joined Minds
during the first season, has never served as a showrunner before. He wrote the backdoor pilot for the spin-off earlier this year and left the original to run Suspect Behavior
when it was picked up in May. It is unclear if he will return to Minds
, but he remains based at ABC Studios.
Criminal Minds' Kirsten Vangsness joins spin-off as series regularSuspect Behavior
stars Forest Whitaker
, Janeane Garofalo
, Matt Ryan
, Michael Kelly
, Beau Garrett
cast member Kirsten Vangsness
, who, like Bernero, will pull double duty on both shows as technical analyst Penelope Garcia.
E-mails to CBS and ABC were not immediately returned.